Definitley the most inspiring play Ive seen in a long time.. Good for you Ai, enjoy the multiple victores, you definitley deserve them!!!
Here's ESPN's take on her wins!!!
Sugiyama beats Stevenson, Clijsters to win
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ai Sugiyama put in a full day of work and then some at the State Farm Women's Tennis Classic, and her reward was two titles.
Sugiyama played four matches at the rain-delayed tournament Sunday, winning her semifinal match and then beating Kim Clijsters 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. Sugiyama and Clijsters then turned around and won their doubles semifinal before beating Lindsay Davenport and Lisa Raymond, 6-1, 6-4 to end the night.
''I don't know how I did it,'' Sugiyama said. ''Now I'm feeling good after winning all of my matches, but I don't know, maybe tomorrow I will be feeling really tired. But I just want to enjoy my winning today.''
Sugiyama, a 27-year-old Japanese player ranked 25th in the world, played a total of 10 sets Sunday. She could have elected to play the doubles final Monday, because WTA rules don't require players to participate in more than three matches in one day.
''After winning the first doubles we were feeling good, and we thought that tomorrow we might be feeling tired, so I wanted to play today,'' Sugiyama said. ''Kim was playing good and we both wanted to play, so we went back out on the court.''
Sugiyama's grueling day began with a 6-7 (2), 6-2, 7-6 (7) victory over Alexandra Stevenson in a semifinal that had been rained out Saturday. Sugiyama then advanced to play Clijsters, the Belgian who's ranked No. 3 in the world.
That match was delayed 45 minutes by rain and hail that arrived just before the start of the third set. Leading 2-1 in the third, Sugiyama broke service to take control.
''I felt tired when I was playing,'' she said. ''Actually, it worked good, because I didn't feel pressure because I was too tired. I just focused on every point.''
Sugiyama and Clijsters breezed through the doubles semifinal, which also had been held over because of bad weather. They beat Marion Bartoli and Stephanie Cohen-Aloro of France 7-5, 6-0, then dispatched the American team of Davenport and Raymond for the title.
Sugiyama last won a singles title in 1998, when she captured the Gold Coast in Australia and the Japan Open.
''Last time I won a tournament was Tier III,'' Sugiyama said. ''This is Tier II, a big tournament. I just couldn't believe it. Today's tennis was maybe my best match ever.''
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